Taxi delivers with best wine list

Posted by Daniel Palmer on 5th August 2008

Taxi Dining Room, a well-renowned restaurant located at Federation Square in Melbourne, has taken out the top prizes at the Wine List of the Year Awards held in Sydney last night.

Taxi claimed the honour of Australia’s Best Wine List as well as having Lincoln Riley take out the Sommelier of the Year prize. The awards, established in 1994, are designed to reward restaurants with the best wine lists around Australia.

The winner of the Australian Wine List of the Year Award receives two return airline tickets to Europe. Within their private holiday arrangements and according to their time and interest, introductions can be arranged for private visits and tastings at some of the world’s most famous wine and spirit houses such as Champagne’s Bollinger. State and category winners receive an engraved champagne cooler.

Fine Wine Partners and Gourmet Traveller WINE presented the awards, with the full list of winners provided below:

National Winner – Wine List of the Year: Taxi Dining Room, Melbourne, VIC

Judy Hirst Award – Sommelier of the Year: Lincoln Riley, Taxi Dining Room, Melbourne, VIC

Category Winners

The Tony Hitchin Award – Best New List: Berowra Waters Inn, Berowra Waters, NSW

Best Regional List: Pilu at Freshwater, Freshwater, NSW

Best Small List: Fino, McLaren Vale, SA

Best Club List: Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, Kirribilli, NSW

Best Café/Brasserie List: Bistro Thierry, Toorak, VIC

Best Pub Restaurant List: Healesville Hotel, Healesville, VIC

Best Country Restaurant List: Lake House, Daylesford, VIC

Best International Hotel Restaurant List: Glass Brasserie, Sydney, NSW

Best Wine Bar List: The Melbourne Supper Club, Melbourne, VIC

Best Food and Wine Matching: Marque, Surry Hills, NSW

Best Restaurant List: Taxi Dining Room, Melbourne, VIC

State Winners

ACT: The Ginger Room, Canberra

TAS: The Terrace Restaurant, Launceston

SA: Appellation, Barossa Valley

WA: Must Winebar, Perth

QLD: Isis Brasserie, Brisbane

VIC: Taxi Dining Room, Melbourne

NSW: Rockpool, Sydney

Hall of Fame

* Aria, Sydney

* Forty One, Sydney

* Circa, the Prince, Melbourne

* Asiana, Melbourne

* Syracuse Wine Bar & Restaurant, Melbourne

* Walter’s Wine Bar, Melbourne

* Friends, Perth